Festival of Homiletics, Day Two!

Day Two started early, as I’m still on Eastern Standard Time!  Plenty of time for a walk around downtown Denver before breakfast.

We began the day with a sermon and a lecture by the Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.  He preached and lectured about the centrality of love:  love as the key that unlocks the mystery of our faith, love as the antidote to sin.  He quoted Pierre Tielhard de Chardin who wrote, “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire.”

Here’s a picture of Curry, who is one of the candidates to become the next presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church:

Bishop Michael Curry

Curry said, “Let us weep when innocent young black men are killed, let us weep when police officers are killed, and then let us work for a world where no one is killed.”  And this great quote from Shirley Chisholm:  “We came over here on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.”

Next up I attended a workshop led by Donald Davis, a Methodist minister who now travels the country full time telling stories and talking about storytelling.

Donald Davis

He grew up in the south, hearing colorful stories told by and about members of his large extended family.  When he began preaching, he observed that people would fall asleep during his sermons…but no one ever fell asleep when he was story-telling.  He had great ideas as to how we can mine our memories for stories we think we’ve forgotten.

After lunch, I attended a workshop called “Sharing Faith Digitally in the 21st Century.”  Very worthwhile and the presenter shared excellent resources.

Ended the day with a sermon by the incomparable Walter Brueggemann (who will be speaking at Avon Lake UCC in the fall of 2016!)


He preached a beautiful sermon about how to maintain joy and discipleship in a time of “toxic restlessness.”

Saw 8 of my colleagues from our Doctor of Ministry class … a rich day … with more to come.

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